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Each year the AKA selects a Female and Male Athlete of the year. The winner of this prestigious award is honored at the annual January USA Water Ski's Awards Banquet. The 2014 winners are A'lisa Piper and Ken Stuart. You may view pictures of them under the home page menu,"ATHLETES."

In 2008 the selection process became an earned title based on the total overall points from the four AKA events, Slalom, Tricks, Freestyle, and Flipout. A competitors highest score throughout 2014 is used to determine overall points and selection of the 2014 Male and Female Athletes of the Year. The "Athletes of the Year" qualifying events are calendar year to calendar year in Class Q, C, and T events.

It is now a requirement to have rated officials in Freestyle and Flipout qualifying tournaments.

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2016
A'lisa Piper, Fl
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2016
Chris Dinse, Wi
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2015
A'lisa Piper, Fl
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2015
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2014
Points are awarded per Calendar Year.
JR. WOMEN
DIVISION NAME SLALOM TRICKS
PTS
FREESTYLE
PTS
FLIP
PTS
TOTAL
Jr. Girls Allie Maloney, Ga
19
930
1000
-
-
-
2000
JR. MEN
DIVISION NAME SLALOM TRICKS
PTS
FREESTYLE
PTS
FLIP
PTS
TOTAL
Jr. Boys Austin Daman, Ga
40
1105
1000
-
-
-
2000
Jr. Boys Marcel Anderson, Fl
12
710 642.53
-
-
-
943.53
WOMEN DIVISION
DIVISION NAME SLALOM TRICKS
PTS
FREESTYLE
PTS
FLIP
PTS
TOTAL
OW A'lisa Piper
38
2370
1000
5787
1000
4
1000
4000
WI McKenzie Wallace, Wi
32
1080
455.70
3462
598.24
-
-
1896.04
MEN DIVISION
DIVISION NAME SLALOM TRICKS
PTS
FREESTYLE
PTS
FLIP
PTS
TOTAL
MI Ken Stuart, Ga
46
3000
567.11
12123
1000
5
1000
3525.44
MI Jared Bohlen, Fl
48
5290
1000
9169
756.33
1
200
2956.33
MII Chris Dinse
-
3620
684.31
-
-
684.31
MV Kenny Stuart, Tn
36
2480
468.81
4376
360.97
5
1000
2579.78
MI Mitchell Ascher, Wi
12
2100
396.98
-
-
-
-
646.98
MIV Ed Sauls, Fl
37
420
79.40
-
-
-
-
1073.25
MV Mike Licht, Fl
33
-
-
-
-
-
-
687.50
MV Dave Brunt, NC
4
1080
204.16
267
22.02
1
200
509.52
MV Mike Wallace, Wi
-
880
166.35
-
-
-
-
166.35
MIII Scott Ascher
3
870
164.46
-
-
-
-
226.96
MIV Kurt Schmelzer, Mn
14
1030
194.71
-
-
-
-
486.37
MI Joey Deutsch, Ga
49
2020
381.85
-
-
-
-
1402.69
MI Eric Schmelzer, Mn
-
540
102.08
-
-
-
-
102.08